We just made the move from Elance to Upwork after having used Elance for years. A major feature we found lacking from Upwork is the ability to filter proposals. On Elance we could filter by country, proposal amount, and experience level. We could rate each proposal out of 5 and then filter by our rating level later on when we were ready to choose a freelancer.
Not having a way to filter and rate proposals is an issue for us. On our first job posting on Upwork, we received about 300 proposals, and had a very unenjoyable experience choosing a proposal.
This seems like an obvious feature to have so hopefully it is already in the works.
I can imagine that was a long process to review 300 proposals for your job! We have heard a lot of feedback from clients and those who have migrated from Elance on ways to improve our applicant page. The ability to sort and filter applicants by search filters is on the list of changes we plan to release in the near future. Thanks for your feedback!
I really don't understand why you guys didn't go with ELance's software instead of UpWork. UpWork is a nightmare to use by comparison to ELance and lacks the feature richness of Elance. Must have been a stupid political decision. Choosing proposals on UpWork is a nightmare by comparison. I guess it's time to search for somethign else.
I'm a former Elancer, and I miss that interface too.
One reason I heard for the choice of an oDesk-based Upwork interface was that the Elance code base was ancient. If that was the case it's understandable that Upwork chose to discard it. Thinking of that helps me relax when I'm on Upwork.
Best of luck.
I am new to UpWork - but I speak as a freelancer.
The clients inability to filter proposals hurts us too. There is no way I am going to submit a proposal to a job older than 6 minutes because I know a client isn't going to sift through 100's of proposals to find mine.
I suggested additional filters similar to what you suggested - but even some on top of that like
Review rating, Portfolio # (in upwork/completed projects), education/training, tests (job poster can chose applicable tests to project), Expertise (combine degree/portfolio?/behance rating?/??), cost proposed, etc.
I believe you would include the ability to 'proof' education claims and verify behance ratings weren't automated... or something.
All in all I think it helps match the best qualified client to job poster. It could also lessen the pain for newbies trying to break in.
I had a few other ideas as well: like contract automation, slack integration, dropbox integration, showing portfolio links on proposals (or behance-like integration), and changing the client rating system to include specifics like communication ability, delivery quality, cost efficiency, and time used.
While they are at it, Upwork could finally introduce displaying the number of completed jobs (fixed-price, not just hours) at freelancer search results/proposals list.
@ Lena, will the "ability to sort and filter applicants by search filters is on the list of changes we plan to release in the near future" also be done from the provider's side - where we can filter potential jobs far more than now ? What is in place as a 'filter' now is next to useless. 😞
If so, please give us some idea of the time frame for client filters and provider filters ... even within a 3-4 month guestimate.